• USA 2017


    • Purpose of the trip

      Our Vision is to:

      “Enable our young men to become business leaders who act with industry and integrity in Palmerston North, New Zealand and around the Globe.”

      We believe there are two aspects to achieving this vision:

      • Firstly, there is the Academic foundation
      • But secondly, and just as important, there are the Life skills that our young men require, gained only through experiences and challenges set before them: Whether that be areas of Business Leadership, Enterprise, or financial literacy.

      As a department:

      we understand that a person’s academic results will only “get them through the door” for an interview or business opportunity.  It is the young man’s personal, communication, and general life skills that will help to decide his future in the Commerce World.  As such, we want to help develop our young men in the areas of: Business Leadership, Enterprise, and financial literacy.

      According to the OECD secretary general Angel Gurria:

      “… the low level of financial literacy observed in most countries has been, if not a direct cause of the crisis, at least one of the aggravating factors to the current financial climate”.

      We have decided to take a more proactive and holistic approach to the development of our young men in terms of financial literacy, enterprise, and leadership.  We agree with the recent ERO report about Enterprise in the NZ Curriculum in which it states that:

      …leadership is central to developing enterprise learning in secondary schools. Leaders need to value enterprise and reflect this in the school’s curriculum planning, assessment, classroom resources and professional development.”

      This trip is designed to encourage our young men to 'dream big'', to expand their horizons and inspire them to follow their dreams. By showing them the opportunities that exist we hope to inspire our young men to make a difference. The people they meet will allow them to make contacts that can assist them in developing their future careers.

      • Parents Information

        Here we will upload all information from parents evenings and copies of letters given to students

        • Who are we visiting?

          During the visit we will visit many Businesses including:

          Aviation Capital Group

          University of Southern California



          Stanford University


          Kiwi Landing Pad

          Berkeley & Sky Deck

          818 Sports & Chris Liddell


          Google New York

          • Tourist Activities


            While in Los Angeles the boys will experience a guided tour of Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills and Downtown LA as well as experiencing an opportunity to view the iconic Hollywood Sign. We will also spend two days experiencing Disneyland, California World of Adventure and Downtown Disney.

            On the bus ride from LA to San Francisco the boys will visit Santa Barbara and Solvang (Danish Capital of the USA)

            SAN FRANCISCO

            In San Francisco we will be staying on the edge of Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. The boys will experience a city tour taking in iconic sites such as China Town and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will also experience an audio tour of the world famous Alcatraz. The boys will also experience Major League Baseball when watching the Oakland Athletics.

            New York

            In New York the boys will experience Manhattan, Rockefeller Centre, 5th Avenue, Central Park and the USS Intrepid and the Air and Space Museum. We will also visit the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. We are staying on the edge of Time Square and will also visit Yankee Stadium to watch the New York Yankees

            • Business Challenges

              While in the states the boys will under go a series of Business Challenges, the culmination of which will be an entrepreneurship challenge in conjunction with Stepinak High School in White Plains New York.

              This will provide a unique opportunity for our young men to interact and experience school in the US as well as make new contacts and hopefully develop some lifelong friendships. 

              • Old Boys

                While on tour the boys will meet a range of Old Boys including:

                Andy Mansell - Vice president of Aviation Capital Group (Los Angeles)

                John Reid

                Angus Cleland

                Gee Kin

                Richard Denton

                Nathan Brown

                Reuben Prior

                Will Bruce

                Dr Ian Newman

                • What should i pack?